Saturday, November 3, 2012

Scandinavian Spice Cake


Scandinavian food is usually mild and spiceless, but not this cake. The aroma of this cake is intoxicating. This traditional spice cake is great treat with the coffee and it's so easy to make. You need only one bowl to mix.

Dry Ingredients:
  2 dl Dark Farin sugar (Brown sugar) = 0.85 cups
0.5 dl White sugar = 0.21 cups
(Or just 1.5 dl white sugar with 1 dl brown syrup. Mix syrup with liquids) = 0.63 cups white sugar with 0.42 cups brown sugar
4.5 dl Flour = 1.9 cups
1 ts baking soda
1 ts baking powder
(ground spices into a fine powder)
2 ts Cardamom
2 ts Cinnamom
2 ts Ginger
2 ts Clove
1 ts Allspice (Pimenta dioica)
1 ts Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
2 tbls Dark cacao powder
1/2 ts salt
(*ts = teaspoon, tbls. dl = deciliter)

2 dl Buttermilk or yoghurt
2 eggs
1 dl Coconut Oil (Good quality.)

Other veggie oils are ok too, and definitely more "scandinavian style", but I love cold pressed coconut oil. Even if you hate coconut smell and taste, from these flavors it won't pop up.

Mix all dry ingredients well in big bowl with the wooden fork or spoon. And then, add all room temperature "liquids" once, and mix them well with the dry ingredients, but don't whip them too much. You just need to get smooth dough. Room temperature is really important with the coconut oil. If the dough is too cold, it solidifies. If that happen, don't worry. This cake is pretty much impossible to ruin. Just place your bowl over hot water bath and mix even.
Pour into oiled cake mold and bake in the oven 175° (celsius, it's about 350° in fahrenheit) 45 minutes.

And here comes the hardest part: Turn mold over and let the cake settle . I know, I know, you would love to eat it right away, but it's better when it's cooled down.

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